March 24, 2010
ATHENS, GA. -- Daniel Stallsmith hurled six strong innings in his first collegiate start and Furman raced to a big lead and held off a ninth inning Georgia rally to defeat the Bulldogs, 10-9, Wednesday evening at Foley Field.
The victory was the first by Furman (8-13) over Georgia (8-13) since 1979 and the first by the Paladins in Athens since 1925.
Stallsmith (1-0), a sophomore left-hander from Huntersville, N.C., whose career had included 28 appearances -- all in relief -- prior to the Georgia contest, allowed a run on six hits and struck out five before departing with a 5-1 lead.
Furman scored five runs in the seventh to go up 10-1 and led 10-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth before Georgia, on the strength of three home runs off Paladin closer Nick Karow, rallied for six to make it 10-9. The Bulldogs had the tying run on second base with two outs before Kevin Gottlieb came on in relief of Karow and retired Levi Hyams on a fly ball to center field to put a lid on the Bulldog rally.
Will Muzika paced Furman at the plate with a 3-for-4, 4-RBI performance that included a two-run home run, his team leading sixth on the year. He also scored two runs.
Dylan Cole belted his third home run of the season, a prodigious blast to dead center field, in the third inning to give Furman a 1-0 lead. Jake Kline followed with a single, and two batters later Muzika deposited an offering by Georgia starter Blake Deiterich (0-2) over the left field fence for a 3-0 Paladin lead.
Furman added a run in the fifth to make it 4-0 and got an RBI double by Jenkins in the sixth to push its advantage to 5-0.
Zach Cone got Georgia on the board when he led off the Bulldog sixth with a solo blast to left, but Furman answered by batting around in the seventh and plating five runs to stretch the margin to 10-1. The big blow came on a two-out, two-run double into the left center field gap by Thompkins, who then scored on Jenkins' second double of the contest to complete the big inning for the Paladins.
Georgia cut it to 10-3 with two runs in the seventh before Stephen Gary ended the uprising by striking out Chase Davidson with the bases loaded.
In the ninth Hyams stroked a Nick Karow pitch into the gap for a lead off double, and Colby May followed with a two-run home run to left.
Cone made it back-to-back blasts with a solo shot to right field to make it 10-6.
Three batters later the Georgia onslaught continued when Robert Glisson delivered a two-run round tripper to pull the Bulldogs to within two.
Cooper Moseley's dribbler in front of the plate was mishandled by Karow, whose wild throw past first base into the right field corner allowed Moseley to advance to third and score on a Jonathan Taylor single up the middle that made it 10-9. Taylor was erased at second on a fielder's choice, and Gottlieb was summoned from the bullpen. After a wild pitch allowed the potential tying run to reach second, Gottlieb retired Hyams on a fly to close out the Bulldogs.
Furman opens a three-game Southern Conference series at Samford on Friday. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.
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